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Premier Oil and Centrica agree sale North Sea pipeline interests

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Staff Writer | December 11, 2017
Premier Oil
Acquisition   Esmond Transportation System

Premier Oil announced that it has entered into a sale and purchase agreement sell its entire equity interest in the Esmond Transportation System (ETS) pipeline to CATS Management Limited, an Antin Infrastructure Partners portfolio company.

Under the terms of the SPA, Premier will receive cash consideration of up to £23.6 million ($31.6 million) for its entire 30 per cent interest in ETS.

The consideration consists of an initial upfront payment of £21.0 million ($28.1 million) (subject to certain customary financial adjustments) payable on completion, plus a future potential payment of up to £2.6 million ($3.5 million) linked to the achievement of certain key milestones in respect of any future development of the Pegasus field. Disposal proceeds will be used to pay down Premier’s existing debt.

The ETS pipeline was constructed in order to transport gas from Esmond Area fields to the Bacton gas terminal on the North Sea Coast in North Norfolk.

The pipeline is currently operated by Perenco UK Limited as operator of the Trent and Tyne fields, and is used as the export route for the Cygnus gas field recently brought on stream by ENGIE.

The effective date of the sale is 1 January 2017. Completion remains subject to obtaining all normal and necessary third party consents and regulatory approvals including discharges and release of securities. Premier expects the sale to complete in 1H 2018.


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